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(Updated   October 22  2014)
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 952 million
Mobiles  925 million 
Landlines: 27 million 
Total no. of PCs: 100 million 
Internet users:  220 million  including  mobile Internet 115 million
Broadband:  66 million (wired: 19 million;  mobile: 47 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)

- NEW! More than half of e-tail customers do IT from mobile phones
- Sluggish Indian printer -copier business in Q 1 2014: IDC numbers
- Indian usage of video on mobile... Vuclip study
- Akamai data on Internet speeds in India and Asia
- India Internet numbers for 2014 from IAMAI

- IAMAI study on Mobile Internet in India
- Gartner study on 3-D printer market

- Worldwide  mobile usage: Ericsson study

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Still time to attract startups at Kyron Hackathon
Still time to attract startups at Kyron Hackathon
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Still time to attract startups at Kyron Hackathon
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Bose headphones go wire-free -- via Bluetooth
IT happened in India
  Still time to attract startups at Kyron Hackathon
Bangalore,  October  25 2014:  Tomorrow, October 26, is the last day to apply for participation in  Kyron, Global Accelerator presents Kyron Hackathon.  Some of India’s leading startups are coming together for a unique event to solve a common need – the hunt for talented, passionate team members to help grow their start ups to the next level. ....
New Google email client, Inbox, promises to separate wheat from chaff
October 24 2014: Google has come up with a new email service it's calling Inbox -- and it promises to be a radical departure to what wer're used to.  It is available as an app for the Web, Apple's iOS and Google's own Android operating system, but for now  Inbox is an invitation-only option; Gmail users can request access by sending an email to inbox@google. ....
DTDC's 'Clickgenie' facilitates last-minute Diwali e-shopping, gifting
Mumbai, October 22, 2014: Put off your Diwali gifting to late? Fear not!  Logistics leader  DTDC  has partnered with top stores across India  to offer an array of Diwali gifting ideas: customers can choose from an assortment of savories  and other products from different stores, and send them through DTDC’s premium services to international locations. ...
UC Browser offers comparison shjopping between Indian e-tailers
New Delhi  Oct 22, 2014: Leading mobile service provider UCWeb, has  collaborated with top Indian e-commerce platforms to offer Indian consumers with an  opportunity to compare the product prices via UC Browser, to find the best available deals from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Myntra, Jabong, Homeshop18 and Shopclues. ...
Restaurant search service, Zomato, launches Toronto edition
October 22, 2014 – Zomato, the  Indian talent fuelled  restaurant search and discovery service, has   entered  North America with the launch of its Toronto section. ...

Education and e-learning
An app that distills the Wisdom of India -- through proverbs
Bangalore, October 23 2014: Nicely timed for the  Diwali festival,  comes a mobile app that presents a glimpse into the timeless wisdom of ageless India – through 1,000-plus  proverbs and quotations, translated into English from 24 Indian languages. ....
ItsMyCollege, a free platform for students and faculty
October 16, 2014: Four Engineering and IT students, have launched, a free and safe cloud based education and networking platform connecting students, faculty and alumni.   Eswar Naidu, Pavan Teja, Rama Krishna and Sam Jackson felt that with the Internet and social media, learning has to be more collaborative and college choices need to be more transparent. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
We are like that only! Stayzilla busts some travel myths about India
Chennai, October 2, 2014: India’s largest online marketplace for ‘stays’  --  has carried out a study of Indian travel patterns and preferences. They found that some of the results of their exercise were completely contrary to popular wisdom. ....
Expedia launches special app for Android tablets
Bangalore, September 13, 2014:, one of the world's largest full service online travel sites (OTAs)  has released  a new app specially tailored for tablets. It is available for free download from the App Store and Google Play. Expedia is the first OTA to offer hotel and flight results from a single search; To eliminate hefty search interfaces, the new tablet app offers a single search box to do the lifting. ....

UST's mobile telemedicine application harnesses Blackberry service
New Delhi, September  30, 2014: IT services  company, UST Global,  has  joined  Blackberry India and  Dr. Pavan Kumar, Head of Dept. of Cardiovascular Surgery and Telemedicine centre, Nanavati Super Specialty to develop an advanced Telemedicine application. ....
An activity tracker that eggs you on, to excel!
Bangalore, September 27 2014: From Bangalore-based 2mpower Health Management Services, comes yet another wrist band activity tracker -- the  GetActive tapp.  It syncs via Bluetooth with a mobile phone and displays  the steps you have taken on the device itself. ....

Product Pulse
Bose headphones go wire-free -- via Bluetooth
Bose sound technology  has been  unwired! The  company  last week introduced the SoundLink  Bluetooth  wireless on-ear headphones in India -- and we must say, save for the absence of a noise cancelling feature( which is a different category), this one is a winner all the way. ....
Samsung Galaxy Alpha: For the style conscious
Bangalore, October 20 2014: The first thing that catches your eye is the compact and sleek design  of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. Among a range of bigger and bulkier smartphones, the folks at Samsung seem to have positioned the Galaxy Alpha as their ‘diet’ version. ....
D-Link DCS 933L: WiFi Cloud Camera for home surveillance
All it takes to keep a video watch over your home -- or  your baby -- is a wireless camera, a WIFi network and your smartphone. ...

IT's for you
  Bing beats all others with a great Diwali themed home page
As Diwali 2014, winds down, we do believe Microsoft's   Bing  was  the search engine that best celebrated  the occasion with the consumers by offering a deep experience around the festival. With a stunning picture of the Golden Temple in Amritsar  fully lit  up, it offered  deeplinks and task panes that were both informative and entertaining. ....
New portable Livingston tools automate RAN analysis
October 21 2014 : Test sourcing specialist Livingston has unveiled  a handheld multi-technology radio access network (RAN) analysis solution --  RANAdvisor -- to maximise the optimization and troubleshooting possibilities when deploying next generation wireless networks. ....
India's first on-demand TV service -- but only in Bangalore for now
Bangalore, October16 2014: A Bangalore based on-demand TV service provider -- Lukup Media -- has launched the Lukup TV service, aimed to deliver a large number of TV channels in addition to those available through DTH operators. ...
Skype launches a short messaging service
October 16 2014: Skype has launched a standalone video messaging app app called Skype Qik, created specifically for spontaneous video messaging for group or 1:1 chats. ...
Viewsonic brings 'zero client' virtual PC to India
New Delhi, October 15, 2014:  Taiwan-headquartered  global provider of visual solution products ViewSonic Corp. ...

IT people
  James Brackenrig to lead Eka Software ops in Asia -Pac from Singapore base
October 14, 2014: James Brackenrig has been appointed Vice President, Field Operations, Asia-Pacific at Eka Software Solutions, the leading global provider of Smart Commodity Management software solutions. He will lead Eka’s growing field operations organization from its regional Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. ....
IIM Bangalore professor nominated to UN group on data privacy
Bangalore,  October 14 2014:  Dr. Pulak Gosh, Professor, Quantitative Methods & Information Systems Area, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, has been appointed as member of the Data Privacy Advisory Group of Global Pulse – the UN Secretary-General’s Big Data innovation initiative. ....
NIIT veteran Rahul Patwardhan to rejoin as CEO from next year
Bangalore, October 7, 2014:  Rahul Keshav Patwardhan is to Chief Executive Officer of NIIT Limited  from April next year. ...

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Binatone acquires Gecko-maker Connovate
Connovate Technologies, the maker of multifunctional piece Gecko, has been acquired by Hong Kong-based consumer electronics company Binatone for an undisclosed amount, heralding a breakthrough for Indian startups in the internet-of-things (IoT) spaceEconomic Times October 13 2014 

Infosys fetes founding fathers as Kris Gopalakrishnan retirement day nears
With the last of the founding team of Indian IT bellwether Infosys Ltd, Kris Gopalakrishnan, set to retire from the company on October 10, a formal farewell was given by Infosys to all its founders here on Wednesday. ‘I was fortunate that my passion for computing became my profession, and that I was able to make an impact in this industry through Infosys, through the innovations we pioneered and the jobs we created,” the Infosys co-founder Gopalakrishnan said at the farewell.... INDIAN EXPRESS October 11 2014

We see evidence of success in India: Jeff Bezos of Amazon
We have a long-standing practice at Amazon that instead of focusing on other companies we try and stay focused on our customers.... CEO Jeff Bezos in Bangalore this week... THE HINDU, September 29 2014


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